VISAKHAPATNAM: Two students of GITAM University were killed and another suffered injuries in a ghastly road mishap at Venkojipalem on the National Highway in the city late Saturday night.
The deceased were identified as Praveen Reddy (21) and Rohit (20), both natives of Warangal district and pursuing third year of MBA and BTech respectively at GITAM University. The injured has been identified as Anant Sairaj of Berhampur, Odisha. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The police said that the youngsters were riding triples on a bike to their friend’s residence in MVP Colony late Saturday night when their vehicle hit a road divider and lost control, leading to the instantaneous death of two of them.
The impact was so severe that all three youth were scattered and passersby rushed to their rescue. Upon receiving the information, III-Town traffic police, led by SI Jyothi rushed to the spot and took up relief operations and diverted the traffic.
She also registered a case and handed over the bodies of the two students to their parents Sunday after post-mortem.
In another accident, a 35-year-old woman died on the spot when two auto-rickshaws collided at Archakunipalem near Padmanabham on the outskirts of the city Sunday.
The victim was identified as Nalli Manga, a cleaner in GITAM Medical College. She was travelling from Moida in Vizianagaram district to Padmanabham in the auto-rickshaw along with her family members when the incident occurred.
The body was handed over to the family after autopsy. The police registered a case and took up investigation.
229 Drunk Driving Cases Registered
In a special drive conducted on late Saturday night, the city traffic police registered 229 drunk driving cases between 8 pm to 12 midnight at different locations throughout the city. Of the total cases, 153 vehicles were two-wheelers. Cases were registered against the offenders, and the vehicles seized by the cops. The police said that more such special drives will be conducted in the future and warned motorists against drunken driving.